Claire Byrne

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Claire Byrne
Born Claire Byrne
August 1975 (age 39)
Mountrath, County Laois, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education University College Dublin
Rathmines College of Further Education
Occupation Journalist, presenter, newsreader
Years active 1998–present
Notable credit(s) TV3 News
The Daily Show
Prime Time
Spouse(s) Richard Johnson (2003-2006)

Claire Byrne, born 11 August 1975, in Mountrath, County Laois, is an Irish journalist, presenter and newsreader, best known for co-presenting RTÉ's The Daily Show from September 2010 to March 2012.[1] In 2013 Byrne became an anchor on RTÉ's flagship current affairs programme.

Early life[edit]

Byrne is the daughter of Tom and Breda Byrne. She grew up on the family farm and was educated locally at the Brigidine Convent. She later studied Politics, Sociology and Social Science at University College Dublin, however, she didn't complete the course. She subsequently attended the Rathmines College of Further Education where she studied journalism.[2]


Byrne began her broadcasting career with East Coast Radio and worked with BBC Radio in the Channel Islands before becoming news editor with Channel 103 in Jersey. She returned to Ireland shortly afterwards to take up her first television job as a reporter on the fledgling TV3.

Byrne left after just one year to work as London news anchor with Channel 5 and later with ITV News, but was lured back to TV3 to present the station's breakfast show Ireland AM.[3] In 2004 she replaced Gráinne Seoige as the main female presenter of the TV3 News at 5.30.[4]

Byrne joined Newstalk in 2006 amid a high-profile legal case with her former employer TV3, which went to court to stop the news anchor broadcasting on the breakfast slot with the radio station. She presented the show with Ger Gilroy, with Ivan Yates taking over as co-presenter in 2009.[5]

In 2010 Byrne presented her last breakfast show with Newstalk before moving to RTÉ where she co-presented, until March 2012, The Daily Show with Daithí Ó Sé.[6]

In a major shake up of news broadcasts on RTÉ in early 2013, Byrne joined the current affairs programme Prime Time as an anchor joining Miriam O'Callaghan and Pat Kenny.[7]

She engaged with Microsoft business consultant Gerry Scollan and was seen on television wearing her ring.[8]


  1. ^ "Claire Byrne". The Daily Show (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 21 September 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Making the news". Irish Farmers Journal. 28 March 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Anchors ahoy". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 4 August 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Claire Byrne Appointed News Anchor for TV3". Irish Film and Television Network (IFTN). 3 March 2004. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "LEAVING NEWSTALK: On her last day behind the mic, Claire Byrne looks back". Evening Herald (Independent News & Media). 27 August 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "I'll miss Newstalk pals, says Claire". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 24 August 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "George Lee and Claire Byrne among RTE big names securing prominent new roles". Irish Independent. 
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